One little word can change our entire concept of a situation; it can, and has, changed our Christian doctrine and dogma.
What is it about this little word ALL that Christians do not understand ….is it that they speed read and miss it…or is it that this little word All, is so all encompassing, that they cannot comprehend the enormity of it …
This word has been misapplied for centuries; and it is high time that we took cognizance of it… MT 24:30 “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory
Now let us put this passage in context, by starting with the previous verse i.e. Matt 24:29:-
Matt 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
24:30 “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
24:31 “And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other..
When Jesus comes with the great sound of a trumpet His elect who are alive on earth and the resurrected, who have been asleep (Denoted by the use of four winds i.e. here on earth) EZEK 37:9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ‘ ”
I am reminded of what Paul tells us 1 Thes 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.4:17 Then we who are alive and remain (G4035 survive) shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Now John the Revelator gives us more information on this same event RV 1:7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
Now before we continue let us take a closer look at this passage RV 1:7
Rev 1:7 Behold,G2400 he comethG2064 withG3326 clouds;G3507 andG2532 everyG3956 eyeG3788 shall seeG3700 him,G846 andG2532 they also whichG3748 piercedG1574 him:G846 andG2532 allG3956 kindredsG5443 of theG3588 earthG1093 shall wailG2875 because ofG1909 him.G846 Even so,G3483 Amen.G281
We see that the Greek word G 3956 is translated in this verse as both ALL and EVERY…so if all means every; and every means all ( and for clarity we are further told that the all and every includes those who pierced , or crucified Jesus… why do we believe that there will be two resurrections? Why do we believe that there will be a so called ‘Rapture’ to heaven if every and all eyes, of all who have ever lived, will see Him coming on the clouds?
WARNING TO THE DOCTRINAIRES
Holy scripture tells us that we may not add to or take away from these verses or we will be cursed Rev 22:18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;
22:19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Theologians today tell you that we cannot lose our salvation… well that is not what the above passage indicates to me … if you add to or take away from the words of this prophecy God will take away your part in his book of life and your entry to the holy city; New Jerusalem…
In conclusion; if we are to believe that the Holy Scriptures are the inerrant Word of God, then when we read these passages we have to assume that all means everyone, even those who have died i.e. even those who had crucified our Lord…following this reasoning that when the Lord comes we will meet Him coming in the air, there is nowhere written that the Lord will make a ‘U’ turn and take His so called Bride back to Heaven! But everyone who is not a believer will be resurrected as well….We have to remember that the Book of Revelation is a series of ‘windows’ or visions and they do not of necessity run in chronological order…most false doctrine has emanated from the misinterpretation of John’s Revelation.
There is only one coming of Jesus the Christ to earth as Lord of lords and King of kings (Rev 1:7; 1 Thes 4:16)
There is only one resurrection of the saved and unsaved (1 Thes 4:16; Rev20:6)
There is only one Judgment day… (Rev 20:11; Matt 25:31)
LK 21:28 “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”